chad a. steed

Senior Research Staff
Computational Data Analytics Group
Computer Science and Mathematics
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Joint Faculty Appointment
EECS, University of Tennessee

Adjunct Professor
CSE, Mississippi State University

One Bethel Valley Road
P.O. Box 2008, MS-6085
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6085
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Twitter: @docchad

Chad Steed Dr. Chad A. Steed is a senior staff researcher in the Computational Data Analytics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He holds a Joint Faculty Appointment with the University of Tennessee's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and he is an Adjunct Professor with Mississippi State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before joining ORNL in 2010, he spent nine years as a scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Steed has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University, where he studied visualization and computer graphics. He also received a B.S. in Software Engineering and a M.S. in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Steed's research spans the life cycle of data science including interactive data visualization, data mining, human-computer interaction, visual perception, databases, and graphical design. His current focus is to design systems that combine automated analytics with interactive visualizations to enhance human exploration and comprehension of complex data.

Dr. Steed was named an MSU Bagley College of Engineering Distinguished Fellow in 2018 and he received the 2014 UT-Battelle Early Career Researcher Award, two ORNL Technology Commercialization Awards (2013 and 2014), and an R&D 100 Award in 2013. Dr. Steed has 90 publications, 3 patents, and he has served as the lead PI on 15 grants totaling $6.7M. He maintains several open source projects and has licensed software to external companies. In addition to being a member of the ASA, he is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM societies.